Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal
Cavaliers: Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Joey Graham, J.J. Hickson, Anderson Varejao
For the Celtics, Paul Pierce (back) is listed as questionable, while Kendrick Perkins (knee), and Delonte West (suspension) are out.
For the Cavaliers, Daniel Gibson (neck) and Joey Graham (quad) are listed as probable, while Mo Williams (groin) is listed as questionable.
Kevin Garnett vs. J.J. Hickson - Garnett abused Antawn Jamison in the post during the playoffs last season, but the Cavaliers appear to be bringing Jamison off the bench, meaning he might not see too much floor time with Garnett (depending on how things shake out). With that said, Hickson is much quicker and more athletic than Jamison, so keep an eye out for how Garnett handles him defensively, and for whether or not Hickson is capable of handling the taller Garnett in single coverage.
Shaquille O'Neal vs. Anderson Varejao
People have enjoyed scoffing at the Cavaliers ever since the departure of LeBron James, yet the Cavs still boast legitimate NBA talent in Williams, Jamison, Varejao, and Hickson (among others). In addition, Cleveland also sports a number of young, athletic players (Jamario Moon, Graham, Hickson, Varejao, Ramon Sessions), and Celtics teams with this core group of players have historically had trouble with such teams. While these Cavs might not be the Atlanta Hawks of 2008, they're looking to employ a run-and-gun style offense under Scott that the Celtics will have to be ready to combat. After last night's tough-it-out win, Boston could be sporting some tired legs. Things bode much better for the Celtics if they can slow the Cavaliers down and make them execute in the halfcourt, where their defense can take over.
Also, don't be shocked to see the starters play considerably fewer minutes compared to last night, particularly Garnett and Pierce. I fully expect Marquis Daniels, Nate Robinson, and Glen Davis to see extended time tonight.